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More than 300 pages, packed with new information on many of Chicago's most famous ghosts! Including:

- New information on the "woman in white" photo from Bachelor's Grove from the photographer herself.
- Lots of never-before-published photos.
- Newly discovered data on famous ghosts.
- Long-lost sightings of Resurrection Mary, the ghosts of the gallows, and many more, many republished here for the first time in over a century. -
 Suggested spots to investigate.
- Newly unearthed primary sources and first-hand accounts.
- Something for everyone.!CLICK FOR MORE INFO!




H.H. HOLMES-LORE EBOOKS:

THE MURDER CASTLE OF HH HOLMES (FULL-LENGTH EXPANDED EDITION)






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Our most popular ebook, now expanded to FULL LENGTH for 2014, including tons of new info. Eyewitness accounts, diagrams, and ephemera from primary sources! Newly edited and organized to present a more chronological overview of the famous "castle," from its construction to the 1895 investigation and beyond. More than three dozen diagrams, drawings and photos, plus dozens of first hand accounts of what it was like to live and work in the castle with HH Holmes. Includes a long-lost interview with Holmes himself, details about seldom-heard Holmes stories...even the combination to the soundproof vault! Each source now features detailed info on the background and context by Adam Selzer, who speaks about Holmes regularly on TV and radio programs. See the full table of contents. Full-length book (over 55,000 words) only 3.99 on kindle.



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THE THREE CONFESSIONS OF HH HOLMES

In 1896, H.H. Holmes, "arch fiend of the century," was paid to write a "confession" by newspapers. Published a month before his execution, he confessed to twenty-seven murders.  Today he's suspected of far more, but many of those he confessed to were lies. Some of the "victims" were even still alive.


So, how much of the confession was real? Did it contain dark hints that he was leaving a lot out?  But clues found in his famous "murder castle" backed many of his stories up. Holmes, the star of DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY, is now often said to be the most prolific serial killer in American history.

The full-length ebook contains the full Philadelphia Inquirer version of the confession, with notes on how it differed from the one simultaneously published in THe New York Morning Herald, and contains thorough analysis of the contents. Was any of it true? And what of the mysterious alternative version published in another paper the day before, which contained his most famous line: "I was born with the devil in me..." The full text of that version, with notes, is included as well



THE MURDER CASTLE OF HH HOLMES:

A Scrapbook of Eyewitness Accounts, Diagrams and Pictures (original edition)




What was the "Murder Castle" really like? Detailed first-hand accounts of several eyewitnesses and neighbors collected from the 1890s through its destruction in the 1930s, with photos - many reprinted here for the first time. Includes detailed interviews with people who actually LIVED in the building for months, a report by a building inspector, and an analysis of the famous New York WOrld article that first published the famous diagram showing "the Room of the Three Corpes," "The Death Shaft," "The Five Door Room," "The Black Closet" "The Maze," "The Asphyxiation Chamber," and more.

This updated and expanded editions of our first -and most popular - MINI ebook is now 2.99, and includes an active table of contents.


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THE CURSE OF 
H.H. HOLMES


HolmesCurseCoversmallDid the murderous H.H. Holmes put a curse on all those present at his trial? And did so many of them die that some believed Holmes was taking revenge from beyond the grave? Stories of Holmes and his "Evil Eye" have been circulating since before his execution in 1896. In the twenty years after that, around 30 people were listed as victims of the "curse." Here, for the first time, is the surprising truth - a comprehensive list of supposed victims and their stories, all taken from contemporary sources. Though author Adam Selzer, (Your Neighborhood Gives Me the Creeps, Llewellyn 2009 and the Chicago Unbelievable blog) believes some of the stories were hearsay, some of the evidence is truly shocking. This 17,000 word mini-ebook contains 24 illustrations, including the death certificates of Holmes and several of the curse victims, as well as an active table of contents. Also included is the mysterious 2000 word "missing confession" from the Philadelphia North American.   
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MORE EBOOKS



THE SMART ALECK'S GUIDE TO GRAVE ROBBING
Hey, kids....wanna see a dead body?


In this out-of-left-field follow-up to the acclaimed SMART ALECK'S GUIDE TO AMERICAN HISTORY (Random House, 2009), the Smart Aleck Staff delves into the history, theory and practice of robbing graves. It's everything you need to launch YOUR career as a 19th century resurrection man - the Smart Aleck way!

With their trademark humor somehow staying (mostly) in the bounds of good taste, the staff delves the days when anyone who came into possession of a dead body could trade it for cash or valuable prizes at medical schools, no questions asked. They investigate the history of mummy "unwrapping parties"  and conduct interviews with horror novelists and archaeologists, and retell stories of  murderers who found that simply killing a person to sell the remains to colleges saved them a lot of digging. 


THE SMART ALECK'S GUIDE TO GRAVE ROBBING is fascinating, disgusting, and entertaining. 

 As a text book, it comes complete with quizzes, assignments, and experiments to try at home.  It even includes a handy set of rhymes to help you remember whether "coffin liquor" is safe to drink based on the color and texture! 

Not for the faint of heart, but horror fans, trivia buffs, and the historically inclined will find much to enjoy (albeit not before dinner).  This full-length ebook  contains an active table of contents and lots of illustrations. The new ibook edition is newly-formatted for iPads.




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FATAL DROP: TRUE TALES OF THE CHICAGO GALLOWS

Grisly true-crime tales of scandalous murders - and gruesome hangings - from Chicago history, featuring several unbelievable stories that have never been reprinted in any book. Before. Almost 100 men were hanged in Chicago before hangings were outlawed in 1927, and you won't believe their stories. Bizarre "resurrection" experiments, terrible tales of hangings gone wrong, crafty serial killers, the first man convicted based on fingerprints...it's all here, with the most detailed descriptions possible of the convicts last meals, last words, and final moments. Newly revised and expanded, including:

- Chicago's first "hanging bee" on the south side dunes.

- Two occasions when the rope broke.

- Two known cases of doctors trying to bring the corpse of the condemned back to life (once legally, once not).

- The trial and execution of the murderous Johann Hoch, one of Chicago's deadliest (and best-loved) serial killers.

- The Assassination of Mayor Carter Harrison - and the trial and last minutes of his killer.

- A detailed account of the hanging of the Haymarket anarchists, who went to their door shouting slogans and singing songs.

- The last days of well known criminals such as Carl Wanderer

- The strange saga of the city gallows, which were kept in the prison for decades in case Terrible Tommy O'Connor, who escaped before he could be executed, were ever caught.

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AND DON'T FORGET ADAM'S "E-SINGLES" from LLEWELLYN WORLDWIDE, AVAILABLE EXCUSIVELY ON AMAZON:


INSIDE THE MURDER CASTLE
Popularized in the bestselling book The Devil in the White City, H. H. Holmes has gone down in history as America’s first—and possibly most prolific—serial killer. A master swindler who changed names about as often as most people change coats, Holmes built a three-story building down the street from the World’s Fair site in Chicago in the early 1890s. Join Chicago paranormal authority Adam Selzer as he separates the truth behind the myth. Did H. H. Holmes really kill 200 people? How did he do it? And why? How did he keep his three wives from finding out about each other? And how did he kill people in such a crowded building without anyone noticing?  (see bonus photos and video, and hear the mysterious audio file here!)


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THE RESURRECTION MARY FILES


Vanishing hitchhiker stories are everywhere—there are variations in books, in country songs, and even in movies. No one knows for sure how old such stories are, but by the middle of the 20th century, the vanishing hitchhiker was a part of American folklore nationwide.
Chicago’s Resurrection Mary is one of the oldest and most enduring of the vanishing hitchhiker stories. Join paranormal authority Adam Selzer as he shares dozens of Resurrection Mary stories and sifts through his personal database of facts surrounding Archer Avenue’s most famous apparition. 


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DEVIL BABIES
Devil baby stories have been told for years—stories of infants born with horns, hooves, and claws . . . and a habit of using profane language with ministers. Join paranormal authority Adam Selzer as he investigates the legendary Devil Baby of Chicago’s Hull House, the famous Jersey Devil, and the satanic baby reported by the 
Cleveland Plain Dealer in 1888. You’ll never look at babies the same way again!
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ANTHOLOGY EDITION: THREE TERRIFYING TALES FROM CHICAGO
Or get all three at a special price:  &nbspJoin Chicago paranormal authority Adam Selzer as he lifts the veil of myth around three of Chicago’s most terrifying ghost stories. Jane Addams’s Hull House became the center of a rumored Devil Baby—an infant born with horns, hooves, and claws . . . and a habit of using profane language to ministers. H. H. Holmes has gone down in history as America’s first—and possibly most prolific—serial killer. Popularized in bestselling book The Devil in the White City, Holmes built a three-story building down the street from the World’s Fair site in Chicago in the early 1890s to use as his killing castle. But how many people did he kill? Chicago’s Resurrection Mary is one of the oldest and most enduring vanishing hitchhiker stories. An expert on the Resurrection Mary stories, Selzer shares dozens of stories and anecdotes he’s collected and sifts through his personal database of facts surrounding Archer Avenue’s most famous apparition.
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